River Plaza Forshaw Ordsall
Jon Matthews Architects has designed the latest scheme

Forshaw’s River Plaza plans refreshed

Dan Whelan

The Bolton-based developer has scaled back a previously approved scheme in Salford, reducing the number of apartments at the Derwent Street development by 50 citing viability issues. 

Forshaw Land and Property Group’s consented 180-apartment scheme on the banks of the River Irwell in the Ordsall area of Salford, designed by architect DLA Design, was approved in 2017. However, that scheme is no longer financially viable due to “changing market conditions”, according to a planning statement from consultancy Lichfields.

The 2017 application proposed a single, three-tiered building varying in height with 11-storey, 12-storey and 14-storey sections, containing one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. However, Forshaw has now submitted fresh plans to Salford City Council, designed by Jon Matthews Architects. 

The latest application proposes 130 apartments – 52 with one bedroom and 78 with two bedrooms. The plans also feature a gym and cinema. 

Contractor Domis is lined up to build the scheme. Renaissance is the structural engineer and TPM Landscape is the landscape architect. 

The extent of the public realm associated with the development is yet to be decided and Forshaw is in talks with neighbouring landowners about how best to approach this. 

Forshaw Derwent Street

The previously consented scheme was 21 storeys at its tallest point


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A much more pleasing design, much better proportioned and fits in extremely well there. But not a single balcony to be seen! Why? This is a perfect location for some outdoor space, it’s a reasonably quiet location overlooking the river. Those poor tenants, I would not rent or buy here personally speaking.

By Balcony watch

I hope they provide enough parking, there’s a lots of street parking around here as the current apartment blocks don’t provide enough.

By Dan

I much prefer the new design. I’ll be interested to see how it connects to the tow path, I hope the public realm discussions are positive

By Bradford

I feel the need to raise an issue previously mentioned – balconies, roof garden/terrace?

By Robert Fuller